Alcoholism

Assessment, Intervention, Case Management

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that can be characterized by the inability to control the amount or frequency of use, a preoccupation with consumption, continued drinking despite negative consequences, increased tolerance and/or withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol. Oftentimes alcoholics suffer from co-occurring conditions such as depression, bi-polar or anxiety disorders making it necessary for higher levels of clinical care.

Symptoms of alcoholism may include:

  • Inability to limit amount of alcohol consumed
  • Having strong cravings to drink alcohol
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol and the need for more to feel its effects
  • Drinking alone or in secret
  • The presence of withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol
  • Having “black outs” or a loss of memory due to drinking
  • Feeling remorseful after drinking
  • Hospitalizations due to drinking
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Experiencing legal problems, financial problems, problems with relationships or employment problems due to drinking
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies

 

 

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